August 5, 1952
Location: Haneda US Air Force Base , Near Tokyo, Japan,
is one of the cases that the Colorado Project has considered
"explained" - a star and an anomalous radar
propagation. Not so. On the contrary, as a careful study
of the records shows, it is a very interesting case of
anomalous flying objects in the sky who fly under intelligent
control and cannot be of human origin.
UFOs at Close Sight (Patrick Gross)
do not like the idea of a case summary at all here: every
little detail of the case is important. Actually, it is
by forgetting and minimizing case details that this case
has been turned into an "explained" case
by the Colorado Project which lead to the Condon Report.
I deeply encourage the seriously interested person into
reading all the documents listed above. For those who
are just curious or in a hurry, here is a short summary
August 5, 1952, just before midnight, two Air Force control
tower operators at the Haneda US Air Force Base near Tokyo,
Japan, noticed a brilliant light in the sky, joined others
and watched it through 7x50 binoculars.
UFO approached the base slowly and hovered, plainly visible
from the control tower. Behind the brilliant light, the
observers could see a dark circular shape four times the
light's diameter. A similar body light was visible on
the underside at one point. The UFO hovered, flew curves
and performed a variety of maneuvers.
object was tracked by ground radar, and an F-94 interceptor
was scrambled. Pilot 1st Lieutenant W.R. Holder was directed
to the UFO by that ground radar operators at Shiroi CGI
and his 1st Lieutenant A.M. Jones, radar operator in the
jet, obtained a radar lock-on while chasing it, although
the UFO could not be seen visually anymore.
UFO was given chase by the F-94, tracked on ground radar
also, and went into a series of circular maneuvers, repeated
several times. At one point, the UFO suddenly raced away
at a clocked speed of 300 knots (about 345 mph), dividing
into three separate radar targets at spaced intervals.
Contact with the UFO either by radar or visually from
Haneda AFB, was maintained for over 30 minutes. During
this period, scattered witnesses saw the UFO exactly where
radar showed it to be.
Blue Book, the official public UFO study by the US Air
Force concluded that the UFO belongs to the category "unknown,"
the euphemism that meant that it could not be anything
UFO maneuvers were so clearly under intelligent control
that Major Dewey Fournet, the representative of Project
Blue Book at the Pentagon, elected it one of the example
that would prove that UFOs are spaceships from some other
planet. Subsequently, the study of UFO maneuvers to prove
they are spaceships was simply dropped.
the Colorado Project, a skeptical UFO study effort conducted
for the USAF that did not want to deal with the UFO problem
anymore, minimized the details of the sighting. The visual
UFO was reduced to "a light that looked like a
star" and the radar track which was obviously
the track of an intelligent controlled craft was reduced
to "false radar echoes caused by a temperature
James McDonald, a world famous specialist of meteorology
and atmospheric physics, who disagreed with the handling
of UFO cases by the Condon Report, re-evaluated and re-investigated
the case and demonstrated how erroneous the Condon Report
conclusion on this case - and on many other cases - was.